In Miami-Dade County, the threat of being gunned down is very real to those 18 and younger, reports the Miami Herald. From 2009 to 2012, 99 kids were homicide victims in Miami-Dade, 81 the result of shootings. Close to half were students of Miami-Dade County public schools, says Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who began campaigning against youth violence after Booker T. Washington high school student Aaron Willis was shot Dec. 19 while riding his bike from a friend's house at 9 p.m.
“I made a promise when I became superintendent that I would attend the funeral, a viewing, a burial for every single child who would die a violent death in Miami. I am tired,” said Carvalho, superintendent since late 2008, said during a news conference on the first day back from winter break. “We've covered this one time too many. I've attended over 40 such events, and it's time to stop.” Booker T. Washington principal William Aristide asked, “How do we get away from this culture of violence?”